I’ve always wanted to visit Manila Zoo for a number of years now. I can’t recall when was the last time I’ve been to this zoo or if I was ever taken there way back when I was just a kid.
I’ve always been fascinated by different creatures and seeing some of them in just one place would be awesome. And being in Manila for a couple of days, I definitely made Manila Zoo one of my must see places in my solo Manila Field Trip.
The Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is located in Adriatico, Malate in the City of Manila.
A Visit to Manila Zoo
I’ve stayed in my kuya’s house over the weekend and he dropped me at the back of Manila Zoo and Botanical Garden on his way to his work in Intramuros. My itinerary for the day was a visit to Manila Zoo and then a trip to the museum of Banko Central which is just a block away. Unfortunately, it was a Monday, and most museums are closed for that day, so a trip to Manila Zoo would have to do.
Entrance Fee for Manila Zoo is very affordable. It cost only 40 pesos per person. Small kids below 4 feet tall are only charged with a 20 pesos entrance fee. Senior citizens can come inside for free granting they show their valid identification cards.
Manila Zoo Animals
The Manila Zoo is the largest zoo n the Philippines. It houses a variety of plants and animals. The most popular resident of the Zoo is Mali the Elephant.
Mali is a 38 year old female elephant and is the star of the zoo. She likes to play around with sand and water.
Mali the Elephant spreading some sand
Another popular animal inside Manila Zoo is Bertha. Bertha is a female hippopotamus that likes to spend her time swimming in a makeshift pond inside her cage. I’ve spent almost an hour just to see this large animal come to shore and feast on her breakfast that comprises of camote, potato, and lots of veggies.
Bertha the Hippo
There were no lions inside Manila Zoo, however they have a number of tigers that you can see from afar. These cages are built to look like grottoes so that people can’t touch the animals and the other way around.
A Tiger inside his Den
No gorillas here either, but a grotto filled with monkeys will delight you for these critters are very active and playful.
Also present is our National Beast of Burden, the Carabao. For kids, a must see is the Chapman’s Zebra. A family of goats and Philippine Deer are also present inside the zoo.
Zebra playing with some Sheep
For bird lovers, the Zoo has a collection of local and imported birds. Since the park is filled with trees, you can see lots of migratory birds resting or making their nests just above you. You can also see large flightless birds inside Manila Zoo like the Ostrich and the Double-Wattled Cassowary.
Reptile fans can also have a field day here for you can see lots of alligators, turtles and various snakes like the cobra, python and more inside Reptile House.
Alligator basking in the sun
There is a koi pond near the cages of the tigers while some fish can be found swimming in the zoo’s lagoon.
Philippine Cobra: Striking a Pose
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